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Save More Money, Save The Earth, & Look Cute Doing It Too (&&& A $250 Giveaway Too!)

Have you guys seen the newish documentary on Minimalism? Marlowe and I liked it so much we watched it twice. The second time we watched it? It was because she asked. Is that a mom brag? I don't care, I love that kid. Minimizing is hard in a buy buy buy world. I know I just talked about this-- but I want to find a way to move beyond the fast fashion, fast consumerism world.

I don't buy clothes often. Not by modern day standards anyway. But I do like clothes--- specifically comfortable clothes (bonus points if they're cute). I've been working hard on filling my closet with intentional purchases. Things that I will use often, without a second thought. And honestly, one of the only reasons I've had to buy clothes at all in the past two years was because of C. diff. The clothes I had before, especially the bottoms no longer fit me... and probably never will. And thats okay. I've been slowly letting go of the pieces that will never fit me again. And even more slowly, allowing new pieces to come into my space that will serve a functional purpose.

In the next few weeks, I'm hoping to narrow down my closet even more-- slowly letting go of items that are too big or just not loved and worn often.

Writing about one of my favorite sustainable companies in this post, thredUP-- already heard of them? Been wanting to try? Want to skip over my overly long post about clothes and just shop for second hand items you love? Click HERE and use code OHDEAR40 for 40%! off your order. Want a chance to win 250$ to thredUP? Just click the link, pick out something you love and leave a link in the comment section below to win! (Don't forget to leave your email address too!) 

Okay long winding thoughts and words, lets go:

It's a bit crazy to me, that even today, in 2017 we find such push-- actually a bigger push than ever before to keep up with the Jones'. The Jones' were so 70 years ago. We should know better now. We don't have to keep up with anything or anyone. We are not what we own. We are not what we wear. We are what drives us, what makes us happy, what keeps our heart beating everyday. What we wear is gravy, its complimentary. I want to be a hardworking, loving, and honest woman--- who happens to be incredibly comfortable and look put together while doing it. I want to know that what I'm wearing is putting as little ecological strain on the earth-- it's reusing what has already been made and creating less demand. And hey, if it happens to be a badass outfit in the process? Then thats awesome. The thing is that buying secondhand doesn't mean you're worth less or less than. Buying secondhand means you're putting thought into the purchases you make. thredUP proves that secondhand shopping can be thoughtful, economical, and fun.

This isn't my first time using thredUP. And it won't be my last. As seasons change and my body changes or items becoming worn and need replacing, I plan to look and shop first at secondhand. Call it a resolution if you'd like. It sort of is, but not just for this year, but every year. What I prefer about thredUP to your regular thrift store (besides the fact that I don't have to put on shoes and go to a store) is this:
-I can look for exactly what I want. Secondhand shopping with a search bar? I 'll take it!
-I'm more likely to find styles that I would wear everyday. A thirst store will be filled with clothing for a wide variety of age groups and decades. I can expect to find more clothing options that fit my generation (and likely yours too).
-I can return the clothes if they end up not working out! You def. can't do that at a thrift store.

This is not to say that thrift stores or bad or pointless--- thrift stores are wonderful for finding amazing things--- but if it's up to me (and it is, duh) then I'm going to choose to look online and type in exactly what I'm looking for, before spending hours shuffling through racks of items. Ya know?

So what is thredUP (if you haven't gotten the gist of it yet?) It's a huge online marketplace to find women's, kids, and mens clothing at up to 90% off the in store price. The shop is mainly filled with top name brands and high end designers too. They inspect all their clothes before selling them to make sure they're like new. A lot of the clothes are like new, having the tags still on! I've purchased a few items with tags on them still :)

You search the site, you can narrow by size, color, designer, whatever to find what you're looking for. For me, at 30+ years old, I'm finally learning what brands actually fit me and what don't-- so I very easily and happily type in those brands to shop first.

I'm excited about my recent purchases. Super excited. I purchased a black dress with the cutest back. Everyone needs one simple black dress, right? And two rompers. I can live in rompers, so this is perfect for me. And comfortable shorts, because you guys are probably tired of seeing me in my one pair of jean shorts all the time, right? haha. I'm super excited to be adding these items to my mix of clothes and removing the items I've been holding onto that are cute, but don't fit quite right anymore. It's weird, but I'm actually looking forward to going through my closet and counting every piece I own and minimizing to the max.

I like to put things out here to be held to it... but I'm really hoping this year to make a pledge of sorts. I had one friend once pledge to not buy ANY new pieces for an entire year. The only clothing items that would be brought in were to be secondhand. I'm hoping to do something of this sort. I'm hoping to have the only pieces I bring in be secondhand items OR new organic items. No new non-organic items. Better my closet and minimize my impact.

Did you know that if 1 out of 100 households shopped secondhand, they would collectively save 1.6 billion dollars every year? Thats crazy. Thats a lot of money to be saved! And that would make aHUGE impact on the waste going out in the world. So yeah, I pledge to buy only organic and/or sustainable clothing this year. Maybe you can too? Yeah?

Have you been needing a new party dress? Or maybe the perfect top to match a skirt? Let's make a shift to have our first step to new purchases be to buy secondhand. Secondhand first, ya? It makes sense to me---- and for our earth :)

And hey, you can look cute while doing it too. I mean, I might not wear this top with these shorts--- I purchased this top to go with my jeans and these shorts to go with my solid colored tops--- but this works too, right? Sure. I mean, if you haven't noticed I basically live in blue, black, grey, and white-- with the occasional plash of muted pink haha.... or some sort of striped version of that :) This way everything (almost) always goes together ;)

Want to know how much I saved with these thredUP purchases?
42$ on the blue striped Madewell shirt
50$ on the cute skimpy Gentle Fawn shorts (my new vacation shorts, haha)
83$ on the black Madewell jumper
33$ on black Billabong dress
86$ on blue Madewell romper
and 53$ on the black floppy Vince Camuto hat.

Thats 348$ saved. Thats more than the cost of two plane tickets for me to go to Mexico. Thats basically two plane tickets to Mexico + two nice bottles of tequila, haha. And then with the 40% off discount you get by using the code OHDEAR40? Well, thats 2 plane tickets to Mexico and a plane ticket to Puerto Rico too. Thats crazy.

And yes, I absolutely count all money I spend by comparing prices on plane tickets, haha.

So yeah, secondhand shopping makes sense. And if you're looking for specific clothes, cute clothes, newish trends, or looking to just never leave your house to shop, thredUP makes even more sense :)

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Alright friends, hope you guys have a great week! What do you think, want to pledge for secondhand first with me? Let's do ittttttt!

A Healthy Cauliflower Bites Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-free, No Oil)

Hola friends! Ready for another recipe? I've got to tell you.... this is a healthy one. It's not rich or decadent. But it's a pretty good, yummy health food option. You may have seen and/or tried "cauliflower wings" before--- this is not that. The reality is that most cauliflower wings (while perfectly delicious) are not really that much healthier for you than a chicken wing. They're still cooked in a fair amount of oil and usually using some kind of preservative laden hot sauce of some sort. Now, I'm not hating on them... if a deep fried cauliflower cooked in hot sauce was in front of me right now, Id TOTALLY eat it. But, like I said, this recipe is not that. This recipe is oil free, low and fat, and really healthy for you. The biggest problem with this recipe is that the first time I made them... I ended dup eating the whole head of cauliflower and my stomach was like, "did you seriously just eat a whole head of cauliflower in one day? Here is some painful gas for you, you idiot." It was a party. So please note, that you might want to make these for a group of people, your family, or a version of you that has self control around food and reminds your hands and mouth to not overdo it. Cool? Cool.

Also, I find that this recipe tastes best in a food dehydrator. But since I assume most people don't have a food dehydrator (they're relative cheap, but take up a lot of space and sort of a uni-tasking tool), I'm sharing a baked version of the recipe. So yeah, I personally think a dehydrator is the way to go, but they're not terrible in the oven either :)

I mostly love how natural the recipe is. Totally falling in the whole food/ whole 30/whatever category. It's nut and gluten free. Vegan, obviously. Raw vegan, if you dehydrate it. Etc. Also, when I make this for myself, I haven't been adding salt. I've been using the lemon and celery for the sodium taste, but this is because I'm training my taste buds to like less and less salt (hopefully). Do use salt to taste, so it's not completely tasteless if you use salt on the reg. K? Ok!

Want more recipes? I want to share more, but sometimes I struggle to know what what would be best? If you ever see meals, in what Marlowe eats or wherever, just ask! I'm happy to share!

Okay, lets go!

You'll need:
3 plump and sweet tomatoes*
3 stalks of celery
1 big tablespoon of raw tahini 
1 tablespoon lemon juice OR raw apple cider vinegar
2 cloves of garlic
1 spicy pepper (I used a cayenne pepper, but a jalapeƱo, serrano, or habanero would be good too! Do it to your spice level preference! And this is obviously completely optional as well. I do a pepper free batch for Marlowe)
1 head of cauliflower
salt and pepper to taste

*please make sure your tomatoes are sweet and not watery! when done with sweet tomatoes this recipe is extra delicious. The last time I made this the tomatoes were depressingly watery and the sauce came out super bland. Bland is not fun, duh.

high speed blender
parchment paper
dehydrator OR oven with baking tray(s)

How to:
-if using oven, preheat oven to 350
-blend all ingredients except cauliflower in a high speed blender, make sure to add salt + pepper to taste and pour into a bowl
-lay out parchment paper on baking tray or on dehydrator trays
-start cutting up cauliflower into bite sized pieces
-dip each piece into blended sauce, coating well and lay onto parchment paper-ed trays.
-play in oven and cook for about 30 minutes until lightly crispy OR cook in dehydrator for approximately 3 hours--- just open it up and check them out, they'll be warm, and crisp when done :)
- eat as is, serve as a side option, or top with on salad for a warm, but raw treat :)

This is the no oil version of course. You can add oil to make sure they crisp up even more. But I've been attempting no oil, low salt cooking lately--- you know, the whole frutarian thing. I mean, really, I should or could be completely raw, but I'm still eating cooked food for at least my last meal of the day. But yeah, avoiding cooking with oils and reaaaaaallly (painfully) trying to lesson my salt intake. It's hard! But of course, add some oil to the mix if you feel so inclined. They will crisp up more for ya ;)

And voila, on a salad. This was just a bed of greens, green onion, a tiny bit of leftover carrot ginger dressing, and the cauliflower of course :) Easy peasy.

Alright friends! I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. I'm ridiculously busy, but it should be a good week! And of course, don't forget, if you want specific recipes, just ask. :)


New Year, New You, Humble Body (The Most Amazing Natural Deodorant That Actually Works For 1$)

Talking about natural deodorant on this post. A REALLY good natural deodorant. But if you want to skip over my talks on natural deodorant (and this one is the best one we've ever tried is) and just try it for yourself (for 1$!), you can HERE. It's totally amazing. And you're welcome in advance for not taking pics of me putting on the deodorant. Or rather, not sharing pics of me putting on deodorant. Because I totally took those pics and thought they were maybe a tad awkward for me to share? K. Cool. Read on....

One of the things I've been very adamant over the years is reducing the use of toxic products, non organic products, general crap, and so on in our homes and on our bodies. I've been able to remove everything from my routine, as well as Marlowe's with little to no trouble. Alex has been/was a bit of a different story.

We get so stuck in our daily routines that we forget to stop and think about what we're really doing. It makes sense though, when many routines have been instilled in us since childhood. Blind habits. Something as simple as everyday body care and the products we put on our skin-- day after the day, continuing the same pattern until something or someone wakes us up and reminds us, that our norm or the norm, is not the only option--- that the options are limitless, even if we don't know them yet.

Deodorant is a big one.

If I'm being completely honest here (I always am, I know, haha), I rarely use deodorant. The truth is, since switching my diet, I don't need to. The only time I smell is when I eat Indian food (specifically anything with fenugreek in it) and the only time I smell bad--- is when I put crap in my body (mostly and specifically alcohol). And drinking is a rare, sometimes once a month occasion-- but I'm thinking it should become a never a month occasion. And since I'm mostly raw now, or at least 70% raw, I don't eat much fenugreek anymore anyway.  I'm "too clean" as my step mom would say. Because when I drink alcohol-- I smell bad, REALLY BAD. Like, the smell of my armpits and my breath alone is enough reason to get me to stop drinking. I want to talk more about alcohol and my body, but maybe another time, ya? The point is, I don't really smell, so I don't need to worry much. But on the rare, delicious, occasion I have Indian food and I don't care to seduce people with my fenugreek smell, I do use deodorant ;)

Switching to a natural deodorant was a no brainer for me. I started making my own years ago, because rubbing toxic chemicals onto newly shaved pits? No. Ew. (Or even non shaven pits, duh gross). Switching Alex? Man that was more of a struggle. Is it a thing for men to be more stubborn on this sort of thing? :| Our armpits are designed to RELEASE toxins, not to take them in-- it's important we focus on our natural body design on our day to day, what is each body parts actual purpose? I want my armpits to release what they need to release... and not take in major contaminants while not completely stinking up a place and grossing everyone out ;)

I'm so grateful to say that Alex finally (and actually easily) switched to cleaner pits. I had been trying to get him for a while but every brand I brought home for him, he told me it did not work well enough. I get it, he's in a hot kitchen all day. But finally, Humble Brands deodorant made it happen. He opened up the tube and said, "I can already tell I'll actually like this one" and has been using it, liking it, and has had zero complaints about it ever since.

Me too. Even on the rare chance that I did use deodorant (prior to Humble), I never felt anything helped me much. I felt that other deodorants (natural and non) mixed with my body chemistry weird and didn't necessarily help the problem. But humble brands did and doesn't do that. It smells good in the tube and good in my pits. And unlike a lot of natural deodorants it really works. And unlike my homemade one (that I don't mind using), I don't have to worry about making this one... and it's a hell of a lot easier to travel with ;)

The best part isn't that it's just natural though-- yes, it doesn't have toxic crap in it (yay), but also: it's all organic too. Everything down to the cornstarch in it is non-GMO. So it truly is a clean and healthy product thats good for your pits and the earth and it works-- and works well.

Safe. Aluminum-free. Paraben-free. Cruelty free. Non-GMO. Organic Ingredients. Made in small batches in the USA. And for one dollar.... yes... keep reading... dollar!

Want to try Humble Deodorant? For ONE DOLLAR?! Yah, for one dollar! For a limited time, when you sign up for the Humble Brands subscription, you can receive your first stick for ONE DOLLAR! Weeeeeee.

I'm not kidding, this has been by far the best deodorant we've brought into this house (natural and non natural). It's truly amazing: for its safety, healthiness, scent, convenience, and effectiveness too. So this new year, why not start making the switch to safer products for your home and body--- maybe starting with your pits :) I mean, at one dollar for your first stick, you really can't beat that :)

ps. you can totally just buy one tube of deodorant, but I really think you'll love Humble-- totally worth subscribing. This has totally become a natural body care staple in this home :)

One little step closer to living clean and simple everyday :) 

Pictures Of Recently Enjoyed Things

Haven't done one of these posts in a while! I think with my computer getting all messed up before it sort of threw me off! Also, I sort of hate my new iPhone. it's a super petty problem, but I swear the quality on my iPhone 5 was better than the 7. I'm hoping it makes me start using a real camera more, but it's highly unlikely. But anyway, here's a few photos, some recent, some not so much, of things we've enjoyed :)

downsized my closet a lot-- I want to keep only my most functional pieces--- and then I filled a drawer full of sequins because I still want to grow that sparkle collection for my old age plans. #goals

happy ballet class girl.

oranges. man, I've been loving oranges lately. I never ate them munch until I got pregnant with Marlowe. Then I ate them all the time--- then stopped, and now here I am again, loving oranges all over again.

these three cousins. man, they're cute together. I love love to see Marlowe with them, she's just such a good older cousin. it's the best.

fruit popsicle dates.

colorful spaces in my home. 

we dyed her hair purple. you can't tell much. 

pottery class. 

happy bruises. 

she doesn't love the beach as much as I love the beach. But I still love her more than the beach. 

man, I'd give anything for this pie right now. 

Alright friends, I hope you guys are all enjoyed this new year. And I hope you guys all have an amazing week ahead of you. I'm hoping to just keep organizing myself and tackling everything that needs to get tackled. <3<3 Have a wonderful week, friends!